Guide to Chaffeys Lock – Rideau Canal

The Rideau Canal is due to open to navigation on May 20, 2022. Seasonal permits, including canoes and kayaks, are now available with significant discounts if purchased before March 31, 2022.
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The easiest road access to Chaffey’s lock is off Highway 15, along Chaffeys Lock Road (County Rd 9), about 9 km. You can also access the locks off Highway 10, the Old Perth Road, via Opinicon Road. This is a longer route but a nice drive if you’re not in a rush.

General Information

Lock Number(s)/Flights: #37

Lock Lift metres (feet): 3.3 (10.7)

Co-ordinates (Google maps): 44.57897, -76.31985

Civic Address: 1723 Chaffeys Lock Road Rideau Lakes, Ontario

Lock Station Phone: 613-359-5914

Portage: Yes, but it does involve crossing generally quiet roads. <250m

Boat launch: Yes

Kayak/Canoe Launch: Yes

Previous Lock(Distance): Newboro Lock

Next Lock (Distance): Davis Lock


Parking: Yes (free) but very limited.

Camping: Yes ($), if arriving by water and also for cyclists and hikers.

BBQ/Picnic Tables: Picnic tables & BBQs

Washrooms: Yes

Power Supply: Nothing dedicated but you can charge electronics in the washrooms (not secure)

Garbage/Recycling: Yes

Potable (Drinking) Water: Yes, but do check with the lockmaster.

Public Telephone: No


Local Suppliers: Brown’s Marina general store is a short distance from the Davis Lock (Indian Lake) end. Includes LCBO and Beer store but do check the regulations about consuming alcohol on Federal land.

Hiking Trails: No

Cell Phone Reception: 3/5 bars Rogers

Chaffeys Lock is blessed with a lot of level camping sites along the full length of the lock system. Opinicon Lake end looks to be the quieter option.

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